Grades 7 - 9 / Wednesday / Assisted Suicide
The international movement to legalize assisted suicide teaches that some lives are worth living while others have no value. Students will learn about interdependence and what life-affirming options are available for people at the end of life that are in keeping with human dignity.
5 minute video of Stephanie Packer, an Orange County woman fighting a terminal disease with her husband and four young children. Stephanie chooses to live, even when difficult, for the sake of her children, rather than opt for assisted suicide.
5 minute video of JJ, a former Marine fighting brain cancer, whose desire to live for his family, even through his disease, is a great inspiration.
5 minute video about Bill, who suffered from paralyzing depression while fighting his end-stage disease. Bill sought drugs for assisted suicide, but then his doctor realized that all he needed was increased mobility. A scooter was all it took to change Bill from looking to die to loving life.
3 minute video about a woman struggling with a terminal disease who leans on what she learned about joy and hope while caring for her own father during his last days.